The Detroit Free Press reports that, of the 267 automotive plants that have closed in the U.S. since 1979, 128 have reopened with a new purpose. Astonishingly enough, 40 percent of those reopened sites were purchased between 2008 and 2010 as General Motors and Chrysler underwent restructuring, thanks in part to lower land prices and a larger volume of available properties.

Of those that remain closed, however, 65 percent can be found in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. They don't call it the rust belt for nothing. Even with so many sites finding new owners in recent years, things aren't necessarily looking better for those that remain closed.

According to the report, of the 128 plants that have closed in North America since 1980, three of every five are currently lying idle. Perhaps even more concerning is that only three of the 45 that have reopened under new businesses have been able offer their communities the same number of jobs as the buildings supplied under the automakers. Head over to The Detroit Free Press for the full report.


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      Bill
      • 3 Years Ago
      My Clothing is so old It was made in America
      hardestylaf
      • 3 Years Ago
      What needs to be done is to bring Back those auto makers and like Chrysler Cars and Dodge Trucks and Fords back from South of the Border. That is right folks. Just look at that stickers on these cars and trucks.. Made in Mex. Not in The United States...
        marineguy1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hardestylaf
        One of the reasons why they are made there is because they are too expensive to produce in this country, because of Union wages and benefits. I know of one retiree who gets an annual bonus and his health insurance paid for, along with his pension!!! No wonder a new American car cost $30,000.00
          harleydavid105
          • 3 Years Ago
          @marineguy1
          Six days ago America observed the 70th. Anniversary of the unwarranted sneak-attack of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. How could any red-blooded American ever buy a Japanese built product? How easily we forget.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @marineguy1
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      harleydavid105
      • 3 Years Ago
      We wouldn't have all these empty plants if people hadn't sold out America and bought foreign. My wife and I and our four kids own 7 GM cars and a Dodge. I support America and American workers.
        harleydavid105
        • 3 Years Ago
        @harleydavid105
        PS I also own a 2008 Harley-Davidson I bought new and have almost 52,000 miles with no problems whatsoever. Who says America can't build quality?
          harleydavid105
          • 3 Years Ago
          @harleydavid105
          Russell, you are correct. There were many good American cars in the 70's and 80's if you knew what to buy, but for the most part quality and reliability were lacking as the bean counters cut corners. The quality has returned in recent years in American cars and trucks as well as in Harleys. I know what I am talking about as I have been an automotive mechanic and machinist for the past 40 years.
          Russell
          • 3 Years Ago
          @harleydavid105
          It's just that for so long during the 70's and 80's that the American automobile manufacturers were producing so much unreliable junk that it really sunk into the consciousness that our cars were unreliable. I wouldn't even have thought of considering an American car a 10years ago because they just couldn't compete with the imports for what I was looking for. I'm quite glad to say that things have changed quite a bit now with Ford, GM and even Chrysler producing some very nice automobiles now. As it stands, the 2013 Ford Flex is the top of my list for my next vehicle. Oh, btw. The new Harley's are miles better than the older ones IMHO. I seem to remember the AMF Harley's have more than just a few problems though as that's really were the reputation for unreliable came from for them AFAIK.
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Warehouses for Chinese made ****.
      RENE PEREZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      jjmscott don't forget the profts derived from those us rice burners go to fund countries that impose sanctions on american products in their countries and also manipulate their currency to undermine the amereican dollar thee also... oh and don't forget thier human rights violations like india and china killing all the newborn girls and limiting their familay count....fifteen years ago tianamen squasre had a traffic jam of bicycles look at it now ... the country with the most vehicle sales than any country in the world ... wheere doo you suppose they got that kinda money .... NO BRAINER... WHEN THE BILLS COME DUE IN 20 YRS...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RENE PEREZ
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      belldn3
      • 3 Years Ago
      I vote for prisons.
      loboville3
      • 3 Years Ago
      more jobs not arms,
      bigdaddywoohoo62
      • 3 Years Ago
      ahh here we go again with blaming unions! First of all, Im addressing the nonunion sector here. Do you have coffee .lunch breaks? Do you have insurance, health & retirement benefits?Do you have any perks? vacation, sick days, etc. I know this is not a chinese sweat shop. So ask yourself..How did you come by these things? UNIONS broke the barriers, Yes thats right! No one says they are perfect. The problem the general populace and the media would have you believe is the wage. Well Did you know that many jobs which are non union bring in workers from other areas paying them( a per day diem, for lodging, meals, and expenses) bonusesand the like. Yes their WAGE hourly is less but when the total package is compared towards what union makes..it far exceeds that!!?? In addition they arent trained safely, often make poor decisions , and drive cost overruns outta sight. As far as long lunch hours filled with booze and dope? we are drug tested so that even that was an interest no one even tries for fear of ruin reputation. No those days are long gone! The person to blame is corporate business. they are still getting tax breaks while the working class suffers. Our countrys greed and outsourcing task to 3rd world countries to drive up profit is whats behind all of this. Unions are getting unfairly blamed. All they ever did was try to help families to get better life conditions for themselves. People crying about paying too much should consider this: Nothing is free in this world. Likewise, things that are cheap reflect as such. Its better to spend a little more to invest in yourselves and your country knowing we will reap the rewards. A business motto.. you have to spend money to make money
        harleydavid105
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bigdaddywoohoo62
        Thanks for telling it like it is. BE AMERICAN BUY AMERICAN
        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bigdaddywoohoo62
        I was with you 100% bigdaddy until you blamed corporate business. Be it a company or corporation the responsibility of the officers is to bring in a profit. Period. A publicly traded company has obligations to not only the officers, but the investors and employees as well. We have a country that has the highest corporate taxes in the world on top of state and local taxes, regulations and frankly, some of the rediculous rules of doing business anywhere. Almost all big corporations operate on a 93-96% operating margin. For every dollar I earn as a small business (union and I would'nt have it any other way) owner, 38 cents goes to the government in one form or another, 41 cents goes to wages, pensions and health care, 12 cents goes to equipment and property and the rest to me. Almost not worth the aggravation. .
      Steve
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does everyone want to blame the UAW Autoworkers don't blame us brother till you have put in 40 hours in my steel toe work boots. Stand tall to be a UAW Autoworker.
      starrizerx
      • 3 Years Ago
      AMERICA...F*CK YEAH
      John
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unions built U.S. an honest days work for an honest days money. U.A.W. workers where Middle class and earned it. The U.S. thanks them for paying taxes building schools/miitary and roads. If you can read travel and are safe in this free country thank the union workers who built Guns/vechiles etc for our military and paid the taxes for our schools. Not the import assembler making $12/hour for Kia and living in a $300/year property tax double wide. Because it is all he can afford.
      brudele12
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need to be made into parts plants for many different companies. Clothing factories would really be nice I believe in the USA. There is no other place I would rather be!! For all the companies that left and went overseas to make better profits all of your tax credits should be stopped immediately. If not made in USA no tax breaks. Obama 2012
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brudele12
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          harleydavid105
          • 3 Years Ago
          I would buy the Levis. If we stop manufacturing in the U.S.A. who will have a job to buy anything.
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